OPINION What will Australia's new Defence Space Command do? Twitter Facebook LinkedIn 24 MAR 2022  RUSSELL BOYCE The future of Australia’s space efforts will hinge on coordination between defence, industry and universities.  people watching projector with visualisation of earth Universities and industry can work together to develop Australian space technology and skills. Photo: Department of Defence / LAC Sam Price.

UNSW excels in defence research areas such as cyber security, space, systems engineering, artificial intelligence, logistics, hypersonics, defence related public sector management and conflict studies. The UNSW Defence Research Institute enables UNSW to bring its research strengths to bear in solving complex defence problems and in translating world-class research into a competitive advantage for defence and security capabilities for the Australian Defence Force and our allies. We encourage you to view our research strengths and contact us about future partnership opportunities.


Quantum technologies

Home to experts in quantum measurements, nanofabrication, advanced modelling, ultra-low temperature optics and more.

Space engineering

Providing tangible solutions in space situational awareness, space ethics, artificial intelligence for space and more.

AI, ML and trusted autonomous systems

Discover a global leader in the development of artificial intelligence (AI), data science (DS) and machine learning (ML) technology.

Information and influence

Leading experience in supporting and delivering information warfare and information-related innovation, science and technology activities.

Hypersonics and directed energy

Cutting-edge research in hypersonic vehicle structures, control, aerodynamics, sensors, flowfield management and more.

Power and energy

Working to supply the power and energy to meet unprecedented demand, reduce supply chain risk and create strategic advantages for industry.